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Donaire struggles to squeeze down to 122lbs for comeback bout

Nonito Donaire has been struggling mightily to fit himself back into junior featherweight division, we he hopes to regain his traction as a top-level fighter.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

After getting dominated by Nicholas Walters at 126lbs, Nonito Donaire and his team thought it would be better for the fighter to go back to competing at 122lbs where he once was a force, though he has since outgrown the division. There have been many rumors that Donaire has been having a hard time getting his body back down to 122lbs - rumors that seem to have been validated at yesterday's press conference ahead of Saturday's fight with William Prado. Nonito came into the press conference wearing dark shades, to mask his sunken eyes after his weight cut.

It's almost a universal truth - fighters on the wrong side of 30 always have much more difficulty shrinking themselves down to make the lowest possible weight limit. This is particularly true in comparison to younger fighters, and exactly why it's rare to see boxers attempt to move down the scales as they age.

But for Nonito, this is about trying to recapture some of the magic he had at his peak, magic that hasn't necessarily translated to the featherweight division where he started facing bigger and stronger guys like Nicholas Walters. But Nonito isn't unfamiliar with the often hellish task of weight cutting for the scales.

"For everybody that goes through making weight, it's always a process. There's never a world champion that doesn't go through that," said Donaire.

"It's something that we're used to and it's something that we're capable of. There's never once where I failed to make a weigh-in."

Be that as it may, there's always a first time for everything. And even if Nonito is able to make the weight today, will he leave it all on the scales?

"At first it wouldn't go down to 130 at all," said Donaire Jr. "But now as my body has started to adapt to it and it was very easy to get it down. Once my body started to adjust to it, it started to get easier."

His appearance, though, seems to be telling the real tale. Many fighters who kill themselves to make weight often have a hard time putting on a great performance on fight night because of everything taken out of their body. Might this be another instance of this? I guess we'll find out tomorrow...

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